The tag basically consists of naming a few countries and matching them with a book that takes place in that country.
I could choose any of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s books, but I’m gonna go with Half of a Yellow Sun, because I think it’s the one that makes you really feel the country. It’s set in the 60s during the Biafran War and it’s such a wonderful read. (★★★★★)
For Italy I’m gonna go with Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. It’s definitely not a big favourite (I’m not much of a Dan Brown fan), but it’s fast-paced and fascinating. It’s all about the Illuminati and the Vatican. (★★★)
The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence is one of my favourite books in the whole world, and part of it is set in Switzerland. I’m not gonna go into any details because explaining the Switzerland part would be a huge spoiler, but this is a wonderful book in every way, and I cannot recommend it enough. It’s about the friendship between a young boy and an older man, what it means to be lonely when you’re old and how a single kindness can change someone’s life. PLEASE READ IT. (★★★★★)
Technically this is set in Ancient Greece, not the Greece we know now, but I’m choosing The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, simply because I love that book and it emotionally destroyed me. It’s a gay retelling of Achilles’ life and his friendship/relationship with Patroclus. (★★★★★)
I have a lot of books that are set in England – most of the books I own are British, I think. So I have a grand variety to choose from, but I’m going with Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, because I finished it just the other day and I thought it was quite wonderful. I even did a review if you wanna know my full thoughts. It’s the first book in a children’s fantasy trilogy set in an alternative, magical version of our world. (★★★★★)
For France I’m choosing Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell, because I freaking love this book. It starts off in England, but most of the story takes place in Paris. It’s a wonderful, sweet children’s book full of adventure and really fun characters. (★★★★★)
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a wonderful mystery novel set in Barcelona after the Second World War, and it follows a young boy as he finds a novel by an author whose work is being systematically destroyed, and he slowly unravels this man’s peculiar life. I really, really like this book. (★★★★★)
The Secret History by Donna Tartt is possibly my favourite book of all time – it is wonderfully written, the ending destroyed me and left me in tears, and the setting is beautiful. The novel takes place in a university in the United States and follows a group of smart, rich and beautiful students as they do some very strange things in the name of Greek mythology. IT IS SUCH A WONDERFUL BOOK PLEASE READ IT. (★★★★★)
Around the world
To finish this tag I want to mention a book that is set all over the world: The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell. This is a lovely non-fiction book that looks at beautiful and strange bookshops all over the world and includes conversations with authors on why bookshops are important. If you love bookshops, this is a must-read. (★★★★★)
I hope you guys liked my incredibly Eurocentric answers. I am apparently an uneducated piece of shit who pretty much only reads western literature. HOW WONDERFUL.
I’m gonna tag Amy @ Inkyspells, Fatima @ Noteable Pad, Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews, Beth @ Reading Every Night, Naz @ Read Diverse Books (this seems like the perfect tag for you!) and Emma @ The Bookish Underdog.
‘Till next time and happy reading!